U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill

July 31, 2014 8:28 PM

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U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesday launched the first national effort in years to tax soda drinks, the latest bid by regulators and politicians to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.

While former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial effort to limit cola size was struck down by a court earlier this year, other cities such as San Francisco have taken up the cause, emboldening critics and causing growing concern among beverage makers.

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